Robert J. Madden

ROBERT J. MADDEN C.S.B. Died peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital on February 16, 2013 after a brief struggle with cancer. He was born in Detroit, MI, the son of Patrick Madden and Mary Agnes MCKnight on June 18, 1928. He met the Basilian Community at Catholic Central High School. He was professed in the Congregation of St. Basil in 1947. He received his undergraduate degree ('52) and his Master's degree ('55) in English at the University of St. Michael's College. He was granted his Ph.D. in English from the University of London, England ('63). After Ordination (1955) he was a professor of English in Windsor, ON (Assumption University), Vancouver, BC (St. Mark's College) and for most of his life in Toronto, ON (University of St. Michael's College). He served as Chaplain at the Newman Centre (University of Toronto). In the Congregation, he served for years in the Formation Program and was Superior/Rector of St. Basil's College for six years. After leaving formal teaching, Fr. Madden devoted the rest of his life in serving the University of St. Michael's as the Director of Alumni Affairs. In the days before his hospitalization, he was busy at the computer answering alumni mail and giving wise counsel to his many followers. Fr. Bob was a loyal, energetic and prayerful Basilian, an award winning teacher and a faithful friend to many. He was devoted to his sister Patricia Syring and her children, Patrick, Joseph, Julia, John, Mary and Paul. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Fr. John Madden C.S.B. and his brother-in-law, William Syring. There will be visitation on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. with a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Centre, 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto . The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Basil's Church, 50 St. Joseph St., the following day at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Basilian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, ON. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Basilian Fathers Retirement Fund, 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto, ON M5S 3C2. Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel

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Published in the Toronto Star from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2013